Monday, January 8, 2007

Happy Birthday Jacques!

Jacques Anquetil. January 8, 1934 - November 18, 1987. He was the first racer to win four Tours in successive years, the first to have won the Tour altogether five times and the first to win all 3 grand tours (Giro, Tour and Vuelta). He won some Classics as well, including Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Known for his time trialing ability and for staying up all night before races drinking and playing cards, he claimed that his sole aim was to make money in cycling.

Major Wins:

Tour de France (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964)
Giro d'Italia (1960, 1964)
Vuelta a España (1963)
Super Prestige Pernod International (1961, 1963, 1965, 1966)
Grand Prix des Nations (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1965, 1966)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1966)
Gent-Wevelgem (1964)
Bordeaux-Paris (1965)
Dauphiné Libéré(1963, 1965)
Vuelta al País Vasco (1969)
Four Days of Dunkirk (1958, 1959)

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